Highlights from Santa Barbara Wild! 2018
photography by Luke Butcher, CinEvolve Productions
about The 2018 Santa Barbara WILD!
The 4th annual Santa Barbara WILD! event, a benefit for Los Padres ForestWatch, was held on the historic and beautiful campus of The Garden Street Academy. This spectacular landmark location was originally part of the Santa Barbara Mission.
Over 250 guests joined us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the San Rafael Wilderness while raising funds that will allow us to continue our work protecting wildlife, wilderness, and waterways in your local backcountry.
Guests were provided with locally sourced organic appetizers and dinner, local handcrafted wines and beer, live music with Spanish/Flamenco guitarist Chris Fossek, silent and live auctions, a live raffle, and an afternoon of fun, community, and friendship.
A green event
We are proud to have hosted a sustainably-produced event with recycling and composting provided by GreenProject Consultants. All event materials were printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper whenever possible to protect the environment.
by Chris fossek
Santa Barbara’s CAMINO CIELO is one of the most scenic and beautiful roads in all of the country, with sky and ocean views as far as the eye can see. Chris Fossek has chosen to use the name as a fitting title for his debut album of Spanish and gypsy-style guitar, lending a flavor of early musical sounds that may have been heard in Santa Barbara and the surrounding Los Padres mountains.
Chris Fossek has performed as a soloist and in ensembles in such venues as the Olympic Stadium of Rome, the Getty Museum and RedCat Theater in Los Angeles, and The Granada Theatre, The Lobero Theatre, and The New Vic Theater in Santa Barbara. He is a Top-Ten Billboard charting recording artist and composer who holds a Master’s degree in guitar performance from the California Institute of the Arts, where he was greatly inspired by his mentor, world-renowned guitarist, improvisor, and composer, Miroslav Tadic.
Born in Santa Barbara, California, and raised studying classical piano music, Chris Fossek has also lived for years in Italy, where he studied piano with Stefania Bellodi in Modena, and attended the faculty of DAMS at the University of Bologna. He has lived in Spain and Germany, and has traveled extensively throughout the "Greater Mediterranean" in such countries as Portugal, France, Slovenia, Croatia, and Turkey. His compositions are a unique blend of classical music, flamenco, eastern European folk music, and rock n' roll!
Learn more at… chrisfossekmusic.com
Wilderness Legacy Award
2018 Recipient: Dr. Rupert Cutler
As the Assistant Executive Director of The Wilderness Society in the 1960s, Rupert Cutler was instrumental in working with local residents throughout Santa Barbara County to secure passage of the San Rafael Wilderness Act. Signed into law in 1968 and celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the San Rafael Wilderness was the first citizen-driven wilderness campaign and still serves as a model for how local residents can join together to preserve wilderness lands for current and future generations to enjoy. Dr. Cutler later served as assistant secretary for conservation, research, and education in the Carter Administration, senior vice president of the National Audubon Society, President/CEO of Defenders of Wildlife, and founding executive director of the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy in Virginia.
You can also submit your sponsorship payment online.
BIG PINE Mountain
Dick & Marilyn Mazess
Special thanks to our other supporters
Ashley Lee for assembling our program
Barry Remis for his steady event support over the years
Ellie Lawther, Anna deLaski, Russ Radom, and Terri Laine for their work on our Silent Auction
Lori’s Lemonade for refreshing organic lemonades
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BENEFITS OF DONATING INCLUDE:
Recognition In Santa Barbara Wild! Event Programs
Listing On Santa Barbara Wild! Webpage
Recognition At Santa Barbara Wild! On Professionally Designed Auction Display
Exposure To Thousands Of Potential Clients
Recognition In Post-Event "Thank You" Ad In The Santa Barbara Independent
5 NIGHTS STAY IN BEAUTIFUL PUNTA MITA, MEXICO AT Casa Puesta Del Sol
Located in a picturesque fishing village, surrounded by tropical foliage and overlooking the ocean and white sand beaches, the turquoise waters boast some of the best snorkeling, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, surfing, and whale watching in the world. Sleeps 12 and includes private chef and maid.
Generously donated by the Welborn family
Luxury Getaway at the Belmond El Encanto Resort in Santa Barbara
Pamper yourself with a 3 day / 2 night stay in a premier bungalow for two high atop the renowned Santa Barbara Riviera amidst seven acres of lush gardens with views across the town and ocean.
Generously donated by Belmond El Encanto
CULINARY glAMPING WEEKEND AT blue sky center IN a Shelton hut
WITH gail kearns of the gourmet girls on fire
A special weekend of glamping and culinary exploration for two. You will have a hands-on experience assisting Gail Kearns, author of the Gourmet Girls Go Camping Cookbook, while learning to fine tune your alfresco cooking skills. Included is a private tour and tasting at the nearby Condor’s Hope Vineyard, where dry-farmed grapes and olives are grown in ways that respect and protect the natural surroundings.
Generously donated by: Blue Sky Center, Gail Kearns & The Gourmet Girls on Fire, and Condor’s Hope Vineyard
Farm-to-Table Retreat at Sonoma Broadway Farms for 20 People
Close to downtown Sonoma, originally built in 1946, the 6 acre Sonoma Broadway Farms was sustainably rebuilt in modern chic barn house style in 2016. An idyllic farm-to-table retreat for your next family, business, or celebratory gathering. Your 3 day / 2 night stay includes family-style meals for guests prepared by personal Chef Brigette Theriault from White Apron in San Francisco.
Generously donated by: Preston Raisin, and Sonoma Broadway Farms
Los Olivos Ranch House 2 night Stay & DINNER with the Solminer Wine Co. Winemaker for 8
Spend two nights on the beautiful deLanda Vineyard in the Solminer Wine Co. winemaker’s private guesthouse within walking distance of Los Olivos. Enjoy a catered gourmet dinner with the winemaker and sample Solminer Wine Co.’s finest organic, biodynamic wines.
Geneorously donated by: Anna & David deLaski, and Chef Jake O. Francis
BACKSTAGE TOUR FOR FOUR
Get an up-close and personal look at Ventura county's most successful internationally acclaimed outdoor company, Patagonia. Your group of 4 will learn about Patagonia's heart for conservation while visiting its international headquarters in downtown Ventura. This half-day tour led by a long-time Patagonia employee and Los Padres ForestWatch Board member includes a visit to Yvon Chouinard's forge, a healthy organic and sustainable lunch with Patagonia staff, a tour of the main campus where products are dreamed-up, designed, and put on the show-room floor, a visit to Patagonia's new private archive, and a visit with a special Patagonia vip.
Donated by Patagonia
Remote Sespe Wilderness Retreat Stay for 4
Unplug from the stressful world and relax in this hidden mountain retreat. This remote property is nestled in Rose Valley approximately one hour north of Ojai and surrounded on four sides by the Los Padres National Forest. The home includes 2 beds/2 baths with large deck, stunning 360- degree mountain views of the Topatopa Mountains and Pine Mountain Ridge, and star-studded night skies. Peaceful, quiet, private, and secluded, you will be surrounded by nature and the sounds of two creeks (with seasonal swimming holes).
Donated by Carol & Doc Pierce
2018 Silent Auction
PREMIER SILENT AUCTION ITEMS
Santa Barbara Tennis Club Membership
Art by John Millei and Marcia Burtt
Cases, Magnums + Select Bottles of Premium Wines
Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo VIP Package
Farm-to-Table Luncheon at Bedford Winery Courtyard
Original Framed Images
AND MANY OTHER UNIQUE ITEMS FROM
Aveda - Paseo Nuevo Mall
Betsy J. Green
Bill Rumbler Fine Art Photography
Blenders in the Grass
Blue Sky Center
Bob's Well Bread Bakery
California Field Atlas
Calla Gold Jewelry
Captain Fatty's Craft Brewery
Cutler's Artisan Spirits
Dioji K-9 Resort & Athletic Club
Dr. John La Puma, M.D.
Ensemble Theatre Company
Evolutions Medical & Day Spa
Good Seed Coffee Boutique
Great Pacific Child Development Center
Hollister Brew Co.
Keefrider Custom Furniture
Lama Dog Tap Room & Bottle Shop
Marcia Burtt Gallery
Martian Ranch & Vineyard
MOXI - The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation
Natura Culina Skincare
Old Danish Fudge Kitchen
Pacific Pickle Works
Paddle Sports Center
Parks Project US
Patrick & Donna Will
PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theatre
Peet’s Coffee Downtown Santa Barbara
Pet House, Inc.
Russ Bishop Photography
Rusty's Pizza Parlors, Inc.
Santa Barbara Film Festival
Santa Barbara Tennis Club
Santa Barbara Trolley/ Wheelfun Rentals
Smoke Mountain Brewery
Tim Hauf Photography
Topa Topa Brewing
Ventura Spirits donated by Cynthia Grier
wall space creative / Jim Stoicheff